The Bible says in Romans 5:17, “……they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.”  There is a lot of confusion, misunderstanding, and incorrect teachings concerning righteousness, so here are a few key truths concerning the true, biblical righteousness, the righteousness which can come only as a free gift from a loving God.

-Righteousness can only be received, it can never be achieved.  

-Righteousness is God’s gift to man, not man’s gift to God.

-Righteousness is a spiritual state of BEING, not a place that one attains to as a result of effort, growth, and DOING.

-The Gospel is not a revelation of the sins of man, but it is a revelation of the righteousness of God given to man as a free gift.

-Jesus Christ is the Righteousness of God freely given to man.  You either have Him, or you don’t.  You are either righteous, or you are not.  There is no in between.  

So, IF you are in Christ, rest assured that you’re righteousness is not based upon your performance, but your righteousness is based upon His perfect performance.  And b/c of His flawless performance that was carried out on our behalf, we are truly the righteousness of God in Christ!


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